Integrative Medicine is a patient-centered, evidence-informed field of cancer care that utilizes mind and body practices, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, therapeutic yoga, natural products and lifestyle modifications, together with conventional cancer treatments.
While medical treatments focus on fighting the disease, Integrative Medicine, in collaboration with our other medical support services, can help you cope with treatment side effects and enhance your wellness and quality of life. Integrative Medicine providers at SCCA will work closely with your care team.
At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), we believe state-of-the-art care includes support for the healing of our patients in body, mind and spirit.
How Integrative Medicine can help
Integrative Medicine therapies and practices can be empowering, therapeutic tools to help relieve cancer- and treatment-related side effects and improve overall wellness and quality of life during any stage of treatment and survivorship.
What is included in an SCCA Integrative Medicine visit?
- Education on dietary supplements and other natural products.
- Training in mind-body medicine therapies to assist with managing symptoms, improving mood, boosting energy and relieving stress. Therapies include progressive muscle relaxation, relaxation breath work, guided imagery, mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindful eating and self-hypnosis.
- Counseling on lifestyle management, including nutrition, weight management, physical activity and sleep.
What to expect
During your first appointment, your Integrative Medicine provider will take a thorough history about your health and lifestyle. Together, you will discuss your health and wellness goals and work with you to design an individualized plan to help you achieve them.
How to make an appointment
SCCA Integrative Medicine is available to all patients receiving care at the SCCA South Lake Union clinic. Let your care team know you are interested in seeing an Integrative Medicine provider or you may self-refer by calling (206) 606-5500 or emailing integrativemedTC@seattlecca.org. The scheduling team will provide instructions on where to arrive and how to check-in.
Are Integrative Medicine visits covered by insurance?
Integrative Medicine provider
Kathleen Sanders, ARNP-BC, MPH, completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology and the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. She is passionate about empowering patients to achieve their optimal health and improve their quality of life through integrative medicine.
Additional services will be available at SCCA South Lake Union in summer 2018, including an acupuncturist, massage/yoga therapist and naturopathic physician.